Tarmac has placed an order for what is claims is the first battery electric concrete mixer truck in the UK.
It will be used at Tarmac’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, supplying essential construction materials to customers across the West Midlands, following its delivery in Autumn 2022.
It is working with Renault Trucks and Total Vehicle Solutions (TVS) to develop the next-generation of mixers, with the aim of eventually using it across its urban operations.
The new 26-tonne electric mixer truck will operate as a carbon-neutral solution as Tarmac uses 100% of its site electricity from renewable energy sources.
It will also help reduce noise and vibration while contributing to improving air quality.
The truck will have the ability to fast charge within 1.5 to two hours if needed and has a 265kW battery with a guarantee of up to 10 years of operation.
The speed of the drum rotation will be computer-controlled to optimise energy consumption for loading, unloading and transit of different types of mixes.
John Anderson, Logistics Director at Tarmac said: “This order marks the first practical step towards a whole fleet transition to electric mixers and demonstrates our commitment to lead by example as we continue to turn our net zero ambitions into actions.
“One of Tarmac’s key sustainability goals is to be at the forefront of implementing low CO2 transport and logistics solutions, and this shows us doing exactly that. We’re looking forward to serving our customers across the West Midlands with this fully electric truck in the autumn.”